Logan, 6, and Lily, 5, get a close look at tarantulas with their mom, Pamela Ramirez, and Kara Handy of the UC Davis Entomology Club. Positive online reviews about Explorit earned the science center a top ranking among nonprofit organizations nationally. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo


Explorit honored as a top-rated nonprofit

By From page A11 | December 09, 2012

Explorit Science Center has been honored with a prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, a provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit,” says Kristin Sizemore, Explorit’s program and facilities director. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including the increase in exhibit public hours, program offerings such as our Classroom Adventures, Science in Your World, Health in Your World and the launch of our Community Science Project: ‘Spiders in Your World.’ ”

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Explorit received — reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit.

For example, one person wrote, “Explorit is a great place for children to discover science and nature. We brought our son for the first time when he was just about 3. Seeing him learn while playing was amazing. He also got to touch a large boa constrictor for the first time and to our surprise, he loved it.

“Now that he’s 5 and more curious than ever, we’re very pleased to see him interact with the staff, who are very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Explorit is such a great organization that’s dedicated to enrich children’s lives.”

Being on the Top-Rated List comes at an important time of the year, as donors look for causes to support during the holiday season.

“We are gratified by Explorit Science Center for its work,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “They deserve to be discovered by more donors and volunteers who are looking for a great nonprofit to support.”

Explorit, 3141 Fifth St., is entering its 31st year as Davis’ go-to center for fun and engaging science programs for all ages. Its mission is to ignite and foster curiosity about science and nature through inquiry and discovery.

For more information, visit www.explorit.org or call 530-756-0191.

Enterprise staff

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